What is a Community Cycle Centre?

You may be wondering what a Community Cycle Centre is… In Nottingham, we are lucky to have three Community Cycle Centres at Lenton Abbey Park, Bulwell Forest Recreation Ground and King Edward Park, and we are hoping to develop one at Harvey Hadden Sports Village soon, as well as offering pop ups in other locations around the city.

They are hub locations, often within parks, where there are a collection of bikes to use, and suitable flat training areas for off road and on road training. They are locations chosen specially for good accessibility and often at the heart of their communities. As well as for cycle training, we also use them for points to start guided bike rides, issue bikes through free bike projects, run bike maintenance classes, put on community events, and much more.

We have bikes and helmets available for people to borrow, so it doesn’t matter if you don’t have a bike.

Our Community Cycle Centres in Bulwell Forest, Lenton Abbey and other pop up locations, such as Harvey Hadden are funded by Nottingham City Council, meaning that Nottingham City residents can attend for free. Our fortnightly sessions at King Edward Park are funded by the National Lottery community fund, meaning that they are free for anyone to attend.

Covid-19 safety guidance is in place at all our activities.

Our regular Saturday morning sessions at the cycle centres are:

9-10am- Beginners Families

10:15-11:15am- Beginners Adults

11:30am-12:30pm- Improvers

Some more information about the activities that we run from the cycle centres are:

Beginners Cycling: Regular activity on Saturday Mornings

Beginners cycling sessions are aimed at people with little or no cycling ability, they take you from learning to glide and balance with your bike, to being able to weave through cones and cycle one-handed. The sessions are based on the National standard of cycling Level 1. The community Cycle Centres run two types of beginner sessions. “Family” beginners’ sessions are aimed at families, particularly with children, these can be attended by children from the age of four, and often incorporate games as well as teaching children and parents to ride without the aid of stabilisers. “Adults only” sessions are for people over 18, who are learning to cycle or getting back into cycling and want some practice and guidance. We are very used to teaching adult beginners and cycling is a great thing to learn to do at any age! Our instructors are friendly and patient with all beginners and will work at your own pace.

Improvers Cycling: Regular Activity on Saturday Mornings

Improvers cycling sessions are aimed at people who are already comfortable riding a bike but would like some help cycling on the road. Even if you have been cycling on road before, these sessions are a great opportunity to learn some new tips about road positioning. They are delivered in line with Level 2 of the National standard. They will give you confidence to cycle on the road and safely manoeuvre through junctions. These sessions are suitable for people who have completed our beginner’s session or confident cyclists 8 years old and up (to be accompanied by an adult).

You can find out more about the National standards for cycling here:

Dr Bike: On a monthly pop up basis

Dr Bike will service and complete minor repairs on your bicycle for free. If you need major repairs doing, they can also advise you on these. This is handy for if your gears need adjusting, or your brakes are making a funny noise. Dr Bike will help you to get your bike into roadworthy condition.

Bike Maintenance course: On a special event basis

We run beginner bike maintenance courses, so that you can fix your bike yourself! They are on average 3 hours long and cover changing a puncture and adjusting brakes and gears. Your instructor can answer any specific questions you may have, to give you the confidence to take care of your bike.

Guided Bike Rides: On a special event basis

Our guided bike rides are led by qualified instructors. They are great for those who want to learn new routes or prefer to cycle with others. They tend to go at a gentle pace, and last for 1-2hours. These rides are good for people who are hoping to do a little more cycling for exercise, to meet new people and to enjoy new cycling routes around our city. Suitable for people who can confidently ride a bike, over the age of 8 years (children to be accompanied by an adult).

We will also have occasional try out bikes and cycling information activities at events, though this is limited currently due to covid-19.

For more information on our Cycle Centres, please email or call us on 0115 955 2288. To book onto a session or to see our schedule please visit - places are by booking only.



RideWise started in 2001 working within Nottingham communities. We have taught over 20,000 people how to ride a bike. We aim to inspire and enable people to use multimodal transport to improve their health as well as reduce our environmental impact.


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